Matilda Is A Little Dog With a Big Story
Last fall, my daughter, Libby, and I conspired to convince my husband that it was time for a dog. Bill was skeptical, being a cat person, and his family never having had a dog. We were starting to settle down after relocating to San DIego county after 20 years in Durango, Colorado. We bought a house with a giant yard that just screamed for a dog to joyously run around with our 10 year old.
I began to search local rescues and humane societies to see if I could connect with dog in need of a home. I have always believed that animals find you. This has always been true for myself, whether it be cats or dogs. I secretly wondered if this would still be the case in this modern internet driven world. As fate would have it, one rainy January morning at 5am, my husband shows me a Facebook feed from a friend in Durango showing a sleeping black and white puppy that needed a home. I actually knew Lisa Parker, of Lisa Parker's Puppies, and sent her a note.
Matilda was a rescue from the Navajo Reservation near Shiprock, New Mexico. She was about six months at the time, and had spent a chunk of that time in the Aztec Humane Society. They fell in love with her and did not put her down, but waited until Lisa had space in her rescue. Lisa shared a post that a pup needed a ride to Phoenix, for a pickup by her family for a new life in California. Someone volunteered, and Libby and I drove to Phoenix and brought Matilda home.
As with many rescues, she came with anxiety and downright fear of men and some skin issues. It took 2 months for her to get used to Bill. Now she can't wait for him to come home at night. She gets better and more social everyday. She loves the beach, playing ball, chasing Libby on the tree swing, and is a world class snuggler. She happily accepted her title of Chief Experience Officer and after 6 months, we cannot imagine life without her.